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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Servings: 4

Poppy Seed French Toast with Tangy Lemon Curd

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This tasty Poppy Seed French Toast with Lemon Curd adds some flair to classic French toast. Baked with Villaggio® Classico Italian Style Thick Slice White Bread and topped with fresh berries and a dollop of tart lemon curd, it's a delicious dish for brunch and special occasions.

Sliced Bread


  • 8 slices Villaggio® Classico Italian Style Thick Slice White Bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup (250 mL) 10% half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) milk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) prepared lemon curd
  • Fresh raspberries


French Toast:

  1. Whisk together eggs, cream, milk, vanilla and salt.
  2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish; pour egg mixture over top. Let stand for 1 minute.
  3. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) poppy seeds; flip over and sprinkle with another 1/2 tsp (2 mL) poppy seeds.
  4. Soak for 1 minute.
  5. In a large, nonstick skillet, heat half of the butter and oil over medium heat; cook soaked bread, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  6. Wipe out the skillet and repeat with the remaining butter, oil and bread.
  7. Divide evenly among 4 plates and dust with icing sugar. Serve with a dollop of lemon curd and raspberries.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining poppy seeds.

Tips: Hold the first batch of toast in a warm oven on a wire rack positioned over a baking sheet until ready to serve.